Conversations in Vision
By Sheridan Sansegundo
Mark your calendar for February 7, from 1 to 5pm, when the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in La Cieneguita opens a two-man show: “Conversations in Vision.” The work of Anado McLauchlin and Agustín Santoyo will be presented in a visionary convergence of color, pattern, and myth.
“Conversations in Vision”
Sat, Feb 7, 1-5pm
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
(Park below the church and walk up road on right)
We have social media to thank for this visual encounter between two artists aiming for all that is splendid and mysterious. Anado and Agustín were introduced by a mutual friend on Facebook. Both artists had an instant mutual admiration and planned to meet one day in Mexico City. That meeting never transpired, but the intention remained. One day Anado was looking out his window and there below him at the gate to his house was Agustîn, accompanied by his beautiful Spanish girlfriend, Ana. A few hours later over pizza, Anado invited Agustín to be the next guest artist at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery on the grounds of Casa de Las Ranas.
Agustín, who hails from Cuernavaca by way of Mexico City, is an artist one will be hearing about for years to come. Anado has described him as a Mesoamerican Keith Haring, and that only begins to describe the work of young Mr. Santoyo. Using pattern, collage, and painterly renderings of animals and the human form, Agustin creates work that appears endless and provocative. For “Conversations in Vision,” he has created a total installation in the gallery. Amidst a phantasmagoria of all and everything, Agustín has placed his art with spontaneous intention. To the viewer, the art appears to inhabit a landscape inspired by the psychedelic pioneers. It is at this pinnacle of color and humor that one can experience the impact of an emerging genius.
Anado McLauchlin will feature continuing explorations of wonder, delight, and reverent irreverence. Alchemical combinations of “everything but the kitchen sink” melt and merge in a garden of abandon and delight. Anado spent the ‘70s in New York as a spoken word poet and here in San Miguel he has brought his love affair with mixing metaphors into a three dimensional form. His recent return to India after 25 years has influenced a number of his new pieces. Included in the show is an installation in collaboration with musician Billy White that can only be described as an encounter with presence.
Openings at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray are known for spectacle and surprise. All are invited to this celebration of art and community in an environment that has become a San Miguel destination. The New York Times described this riotous compound as a “force.” The Los Angeles Times described the Casa de Las Ranas as the “happiest house in San Miguel.” DJ Shamana Mexicana will be delivering the music in her magical way…be sure to come and dress festive! Directions to the gallery can be found at www.madebyanado.com.